2005 Domaine Gallety Récolte, Côtes du Vivarais AOC

This wine comes from the Rhône Valley’s Côtes du Vivarais, which was made an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée in 1999 and is a blend of Grenache and Syrah (with maybe some Carignan and Cinsault tossed in for good measure).

After some air, the nose really reached out of the glass and grabbed me. It’s full of dark plum and cherry jam with a spicy and smoky edge. The flavours show a big glass of dark plum juice with a splash of black cherry and a spicy minutes-long balanced mineral-edged finish.

It’s juicy goodness caught me off guard with the ripeness it offered up. This wine hits on so many levels and layers… its kinda’ slutty, but also has enough going on in its earthy finish that I sat and went “Hmmmm”. It’s got that New World appeal, with the Old World mineral edge. I wanted sip after sip to last all night. You can drink it now or sit it down for a while. Your choice. I’d find it tough to not sip away though… I’ve already gone through 2 of them.

I’ll definitely be buying it again.

$45 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars